TC 10 Mile Race Recap
- The spectators. People cheer you along the whole way and it was great. Specifically our families were amazing. Seeing my parents, Twitter Guy’s parents and his sister and her fiance and puppy was awesome. It really gave me an energy boost.
- The water stops – each is sponsored by a different Twin Cities company, so these are really great energy builders. Whether it’s Target or Piper or ING, there are tons of people screaming for you and encouraging you to keep going. It was awesome.
- I loved the number of runners! There were so many people around, it was great motivation and mutual excitement for everyone.
- The fact that we finished. And the finish line in general. One of Twitter Guy’s awesome law school friends cheered us on about mile 9.5 and boy did I need it at that point! But crossing the finish was awesome.
Downs (thinks that make me go yuck):
- The hills – I know, I know, hills are part of the deal. But I hated them.
- The last 5 miles of the course. The first 5 were amazing – you see the river and it winds along river road. You always feel like it’s something new to see and experience. And then you hit Summit – and frankly, I got bored. Running straight at a slight incline for 5 miles is definitely not my bag. I tend to run here there and everywhere, so running in a straight line on one street for 5 miles got really super old.
- The marathon signage mixed with the 10 mile signage was deceiving for me. For instance, you hit the “20 mile marker” and the announcers there are shouting that you’re at 4 miles, but you’re really not. You still have .2 miles to go to get to 4. It just made the miles feel longer to me.
Overall, it was a great race. Definitely ran slower than I thought I would…but part of that is because I was training with my Nike Plus and he told me I was faster than I really am. Damn you, Juan. So 2:18 was the final chip time, and I feel good about that.
Still thinking a half marathon might be next on the docket – but let’s wait for me to stop walking like an old lady before making that decision. For now, I’m just excited to exercise for the sake of endorphins and not for the sake of training.